New Delhi, March 3: With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) all set to form the next government in Tripura registering an emphatic win in the Left’s citadel, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that after ‘Congress Mukt Bharat’ (Congress free India) it was time for ‘Vaampanth Mukt Bharat’ (Left free India). Also Read - Will Himanta Sarma Outplay Sonowal to Become Assam CM? Crucial Decision Today
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“In a way the entire north east is now with the BJP. Initially we used to say “Congress mukt Bharat’ now I think we can say ‘Vaampanth Mukt Bharat” also,” Ravi Shankar Prasad said as his party surged to big win in Tripura and claimed to form governments in Meghalaya and Nagaland. Also Read - BJP to Hold Nationwide Dharna on May 5 Against Widespread Violence Post Bengal Election Results
As per the results/leads available so far, the BJP is set to win 40-41 seats in Tripura while the CPI (M) suffered massive setback as it is expected to just 19 seats.
In Nagaland, the Congress is facing a rout winning just 4 seats, while the BJP and NPF 26 seats each.
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In Meghalaya, the NPP is likely to win 19 seats, the Congress 20 and the BJP just three seats. However, the saffron party is confident of forming the government in the state too.
The BJP has already asked its leader and Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who is party’s inhcarge for northeast, to rush to Shillong to try and form a non-Congress government in Meghalaya amid likelihood of a split verdict.
The Congress has also sent its senior leaders Ahmed Patel and Kamal Nath in view of the party likely to emerge as the single largest party in the Meghalaya assembly polls.
BJP’s General Secretary Ram Madhav told reporters in Agartala that people in the northeast have voted for a change in Tripura and Nagaland and its effort in Meghalaya would be to usher in a non-Congress government. (Also Read: Tripura Assembly Election 2018 Results: BJP Heads to Big Win. Will PM Narendra Modi Keep His 7th Pay Commission Promise?)
“We are happy with the trends so far in Tripura where the BJP looks like forming a government with 40 or more seats (in the 60-member assembly). Go for change was our slogan and the people have accepted our campaign,” Ram Madhav said.
Madhav conceded that the CPI-M gave a good fight in Tripura but people voted for change.
“We are seeing a revolutionary verdict. It is a historic verdict,” the BJP’s northeast in charge said.
Behind this verdict, he said, there was hard work by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who not merely addressed four election meetings but was continuously monitoring the BJP strategy in Tripura along with party President Amit Shah.